Monday 9 April 2012

Abseil at Dinas Rock 2012 - We did it !!

Morgan listens carefully to instructions
At last, the day arrived, after the lovely sunshine at the end of March, and the snow, wind and rain at the beginning of April, we were relieved to wake up to a dry if chilly day. After the initial hustle and bustle of putting up banners, posters and signs, we got started at just after 10.30 with the first group on the big rock, and the children on the lower rock. We say lower rock, but it is still a challenge for some adults to tackle.

Supporters came to cheer
People came from all around to support friends and family and some just stopped by to see what was going on, as they enjoyed an Easter walk in this lovely river valley.

Nicola has COPD 

In spite of having COPD herself, Nicola achieved her ambition to climb to the top (120 ft) and abseil Dinas Rock. What determination and what a lovely smile. Well done Nicola. Her mum came along to cheer, and help hold up the banner.
Patrick Flood Page - ready for anything !
Patrick and his two young daughters all took their turn on the rock. Is that a grin of fear or a happy smile of achievement ?
Suzy abseils like an expert

We had a very brave Welsh Assembly member abseiling too. Suzy Davies was so scared in the days leading up to it but when her time came, she was a star. She looks like an expert the way she is handling that rope. Well done to you Suzy, whatever will you tackle next ?
This is the sixth year we have held this event. Call of the Wild have run it for us every year free of charge, and, this year Dulais Valley Independent Ambulance Services gave us first aid cover, also without charge. I never cease to be struck by the enthusiasm and generosity of the people in this area. Over the six years we have now raised over £30,000    for Breathe Easy groups and British Lung Foundation Wales. Once all the sponsorship money is collected for this year's event, that figure will be much higher.
See Morgan's YouTube clip  Morgan's big week

Tesco Ystradgynlais donated a voucher which we raffled on the day - the lucky winner was Simon Kendrick from Cardiff.
To see more pictures go to the British Lung Foundation flickr page

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